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Sport as a mean to foster healthy behaviours and allowing equal opportunities
Start date: Sep 1, 2014, End date: Aug 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project "Sport as a mean to foster healthy behaviours and allowing equal opportunities" was prepared by a partnership including six secondary schools belonging to Italy, Poland, Lithuania, United Kingdom (Wales), Spain and Portugal with different backgrounds, but with commom interest in improving their working methods, share experiences and improve life quality of their students aged between 13 and 15 years. Looking at the problem of risky behaviours that youth are running in their daily lifestyle and the indifference towards youth with disability, the aim of the exchange is to promote a healthy lifestyle through sport practice and outdoor physical activities, increasing awareness about risky behaviours, fighting against addictions to boost physical and psychological well-being. At the same time will be faced the problems of integration among different cultures, social inclusion and disability. Sport will be a mean to look at diversity as a chance to improve themselves and the others, discuss how different countries cope with social inclusion and equal opportunities, fostering integration and equal rights, allowing awareness-raising about the problem of disability trying to reduce the problems of early school leaving and involvement of youths with low basic skills. Six main themes will be faced during the project, each one in different periods during the three years of the project lifetime: Youth Health and nutrition, Sport practice against diseases and obesity, Addictions and risky behaviours in sport, Sport and disability, Sport against racism and xenophobia, Sport as a mean to foster social integration. Each theme will be faced by schools organizing different activities integrated in their normal learning schedules , defining an E-twinning project concurrently, concluding the work on the specific topic with a learning activities where students and teachers can share results, experience different method and cultures in the hosting school, define the better means to achieve a multiplier effect and a sustainable impact on their own organization. Afterwards a conference open to families and local institution will be organized by the participant organizations about the faced theme in order to share the results and boost the multiplier effects on local communities. The E-twinning platform will be also used to prepare mobilities and guarantee a common platform to share further materials produced after the project lifetime. School will exchange experiences on the project topics developing a common methodology and students will be also involved to prepare different products. The project will have a deep impact on the participant schools as they will implement the working methods through a common cooperation, exchanging experiences of good practice through networking, defining innovative practices to modernize the learning programmes. The students will benefit of new skills, reflecting on a permanent change in their daily habits and they will acquire self confidence and increase their social and personal development. They will improve their sense of tolerance and solidarity towards the others above all those having less opportunities and sport will help them to share the Special Olympics motto: "Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt".

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